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Day 1 | Monday 29 May, 2023: Arrival day – Inverness
Day 2 | Tuesday 30 May: Culloden, Fort George 5 miles
In the morning, we take a 30 minute ride on the local bus to Culloden battlefield. We head to the visitor center for audio and visual presentations of the battle which saw the defeat in 1746 of the forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the end of the Jacobite dream. We explore this sombre moor, where in just over an hour, 1,200 highlanders were slaughtered by the Hanoverian army led by the Duke of Cumberland earning him the infamous nickname “The Butcher”. The battle marked the end of the Clan system and the Clearances soon followed, forever changing the Highland way of life. From Culloden, we walk to the Clava Cairns, one of the oldest historic sites in Britain. The burial cairn and several standing stones are estimated to be 4,000 years old. In the afternoon, we head to Fort George, the magnificent 18th century artillery fortifications on the headland guarding the narrows in the Moray Firth. We walk around the ramparts, with fine views out to sea, hoping to spot a pod of bottlenose dolphins that oftentimes frequent the Firth. A taxi ride takes us back to Inverness in the afternoon before we transfer by train to Aviemore (45 minutes), gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, for dinner. Overnight: Aviemore. B, D.
Day 3 | Wednesday 31 May: Aviemore Cairngorms, Loch Morlich 7 miles, 700 ft of ascent, 1,650 ft of descent
Day 4 | Thursday 1 June: The Strathspey Heritage Steam Railway 8 miles, +500 ft
Day 5 | Friday 2 June: Dunnottar Castle – Aberdeen 6 miles, +800 ft
Day 6 | Saturday 3 June: Shetland: Esha Ness Peninsula 7.5 miles, +1,000 ft
Day 7 | Sunday 4 June: Shetland: Sumburgh Head, Bressay & Noss, 3 miles, +200 ft
Day 8 | Monday 5 June: Shetland: Mousa, Lerwick 6 miles, +300 ft
4 trip bulletins will be provided prior to departure with more detailed and specific information to help you prepare for your adventure. If you’d like advice on your in-country travel arrangements, please do ask, we are happy to help.
Trip Dates: May 29 - June 10, 2023 | 13 day trip